Club Guidelines for Awarding of Women's Blues


More information can be found at the Women's Committee Website.

All sports will be reviewed 3 yearly, and the constitution likewise. Status changes from Full to Half or Half to Full can only occur after 3 consecutive varsity Matches and are probationary for 3 years (see constitution.)

All Blues are awarded at the Captain's discretion to members of the Varsity 1st team, subject to the six blues criteria.

Last Updated: 14th January 2013

Sport Status Details Last Review Next Review
Archery Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 4 Awards maximum. Awarded to Varsity Team Members who achieve GNAS's 1st Class standard score. A Discretionary Full Blue may be applied for if the following criteria are met:
  1. Achieves a score of 860 or above at Varsity (Windsor Round) and/or a score of 1100 or above (FITA round) at the outdoor BUCS Competition.
  2. Achieves A top 10 placing at the indoor and/or outdoor BUCS Competition.
May 12 May 15
Athletics Full/Half Blue Full and half blue awards are made to those who:
  1. Compete in the Blues team in the annual Varsity Match.
  2. Obtain a certain standard in their event in the season that they compete in the Varsity Match (see here).
Jan 12 Jan 15
Badminton Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 6 Awards maximum, awarded to those women who have competed in 50% of BUCS matches and the Varsity 1st team. A Discretionary Full Blue may be applied for those who also:
  1. Reach the last 8 of BUCS Individuals
  2. OR Have played 50% of matches for any county 1st or 2nd team.
Nov 12 Nov 15
Basketball Full Blue 12 Awards maximum.
8 Full Blues and 4 Half Blues maximum, if the team reaches the final 8 of BUCS OR wins the VM.
12 Full Blues Awards maximum, if the team reaches the final 8 of BUCS AND wins the VM
 
Jan 13 Jan 16
Boxing Full Blue 3 Awards maximum, awarded at the Captain's discretion to athletes who win at Town vs Gown AND at Varsity   May 12 May 15
Canoeing Half Blue 3 Awards maximum, awarded to women competing in 3 of the 4 events in the VM and who are on the winning team for at least one of them. Mar 11 Mar 14
Caving Half Blue Maximum of 1 half blue to be awarded at the captains discretion to cavers who win a race at Varsity AND at CHECC Mar 12 Mar 15
Clay Pigeon Shooting Half Blue Awarded to a shooter who places in the top shots (between both Oxford and Cambridge) at the Varsity Match. Oct 13 Oct 16
Cricket Half Blue

11 Awards maximum, or 12 if the 12th person actually plays in the VM, awarded to women who: Play in the one day Varsity Match, or the T20 Varsity Match AND have been selected to play 60% of BUCS league matches. 

Nov 13 Nov 16
Cross-Country Full/Half Blue 6 Awards maximum, awarded to runners who finish in the top 8 at the VM, with Captains discretion on the remaining places. Half Blues awarded to the rest. May 12 May 15
Cycling Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue

Road: Half Blues are awarded to the two fastest riders in the VM team.

Up to two Discretionary Full Blues subject to the following criteria: The rider should meet the Half Blue criteria and place top three in either the BUCS 10mi or 25mi time trial.

MTB: Half blues are awarded to the three fastest riders in the VM, including both the Cambridge and Oxford riders, who additionally place either top five in BUCS XC or BUCS DH or top three in a National Series Sport race.

Oct 13 Oct 16
Dancesport Full/Half Blue

9 Awards maximum.

Full Blue criteria:
1. She must compete for the OUDC Varsity A-Team against Cambridge
2. She must make the quarter finals of the team match at the IVDA Nationals competition ("IVDC")
3. She must finish in the top 3 in her team dance in the team match at the IVDA Nationals competition (“IVDC”)
4. She must show true team commitment – she must train consistently hard and have a positive attitude towards her own and others training

Half Blue criteria:
1. She must compete for the OUDC Varsity A-Team against Cambridge
2. She must make the quarter finals of the team match at the IVDA Nationals competition ("IVDC")

May 11 May 14
Dinghy Full Blue

Half Blue:  6 awards maximum. Half Blues awarded, at the captain’s discretion to the six members of the VM team.

Full Blue: 6 awards maximum, at the captain's discretion, to members of the VM team if the team also reaches the semi-finals of the ladies BUCS OR helmed to the quarterfinals of BUCS (Open BUSA). Should a woman compete in the mixed team, they may be awarded a blue for competing in the mixed team if the team reaches the quarter-finals of the mixed BUSA and competes in the VM.
Feb 14 Feb 17
Eton Fives Half Blue Half Blues are awarded to those who play in the first 3 pairs in the VM. They must also win their VM or reach the quarter finals in the Ladies national competition. Jan 14 Jan 17
Fencing Full Blue

Full Blues are awarded to all members of the first team if they win the Varsity Match AND reach the top 2 in the BUCS championships. Full Blues can also be awarded to any member of the Varsity 1st team who is also either in the top 50 of the national rankings OR reaches the top 8 at BUCS OR scores over 700 points in a national open circuit competition.

All starting members of the first team who are not awarded Full Blues will be awarded Half Blues if they score at least one hit and have competed in at least half of the BUCS matches.

Jan 12 Jan 15
Football Full Blue and Half Blue

Half Blue: 14 awards maximum to all those who play in the Varsity Match, subs must have played for at least 5 minutes.

Full Blue: 14 awards maximum. Awarded to women who play in the Varsity Match AND fulfil any of the following criteria:

Win the varsity match
The team reaches the semi final of the Midlands Conference Cup (any player reaching this must have been selected for at least 50% of the cup matches)
The team gets promoted that season

Nov 13 Nov 16
Gliding Half Blue 3 Awards maximum, awarded to Varsity team who have obtained bronze standard. Oct 11 Oct 14
Golf Full and Half Blue 6 Awards maximum, to players who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the club throughout the season.
Full Blue to players with a handicap of 5 or below.
Half Blue to players with a handicap of 9 or below.
1st Team Colours for other members of the team.
All handicaps must be by proved. Further details can be found here.
Nov 12 Nov 15
Gymnastics Full/Half Blue Full Blues are awarded at the captain’s discretion to women who:
Achieve an individual medal (come in the top 3) at the varsity match
Score a total over 49 across all 4 apparatus/37 across 3 apparatus at the varsity match
Contribute at least 3 apparatus scores to the team total
Compete at BUCS (level 1 or 2) and make the top 20 in the individual competition

Half Blues are awarded at the captain’s discretion to women who:
Score a total over 45 across all 4 apparatus/35 across 3 apparatus at the varsity match
Contribute at least 2 apparatus scores to the team total
Compete at BUCS (level 1 or 2) and make the top half in the individual

Jan 12 Jan 15
Hockey Full Blue 16 awards maximum, awarded, at the Captain's discretion, to team members that have played in half of the season's league matches, provided the team reaches the last 16 of BUCS OR wins the Varsity Match OR finishes in the top four teams in the BUCS South Premier League. Composed of 11 awards for the starting line up and 4 for subs who play at least 5 minutes. Jan 12 Jan 15
Ice Hockey Half Blue 10 Awards maximum if team wins the VM, 5 awards if they lose. Awarded, at the Captain's discretion, to players who compete in the Varsity Match and at least half of the league matches. Nov 11 Nov 14
Judo Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 5 Awards maximum, awarded to those who have a blue belt or higher. A Discretionary Full Blue may be applied for if the member has a black belt. May 08 May 11
Karate Full and Half Blue Up to 5 Full blues maximum awarded to those with a brown belt or higher who either:
  1. take part in Kata and Kumite at Varsity
  2. OR win an individual medal at any national karate competition (eg. BUCS, JKA nationals) and compete at Varsity in the same discipline.
5 Half Blues maximum to women, awarded to brown belts or higher who take part in either Kata or Kumite.
Oct 12 Oct 15
Kickboxing Half Blue Half blues awarded to those who have a yellow belt and compete in the Varsity Match Mar 12 Mar 15
Korfball Half Blue Four awards maximum at the Captain’s Discretion. Half Blue awarded to players that fulfil the following criteria:
1. The player must represent the team in the BUCS competition and be in the starting 4 at Varsity
2. The player must display dedication to club training sessions and compete in at least 80% of league matches.
Nov 12 Nov 15
Lacrosse Full Blue 16 Awards maximum. Awarded if the team is placed in the L16 of BUCS OR wins the VM. Jan 12 Jan 15
Life Saving Half Blue 3 Awards maximum for women competing in the VM and Nationals, who achieve a time of 1:55 or less in the swim and tow. Nov 10 Nov 13
Lightweights Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 9 Awards maximum. An application for Discretionary Full Blues may be made if the following criteria are fulfilled:
  1. The time of the Lightweight boat is within 4% of the winning Openweight boat.
    AND
  2. The Lightweights beat Cambridge in the VM OR finish within half a length of the Cambridge boat.
Feb 13 Feb 16
Mixed Lacrosse Half Blue Up to 4 men and 4 women competing in the Mixed Lacrosse Varsity Match, who have also competed in at least 75% of league matches, at the captain's discretion. Mar 11 Mar 13
Modern Pentathlon Full and Half Blue 6 Awards maximum.
Full Blues may be awarded to any Varsity team member scoring over 4240.
Half Blues may be awarded to any Varsity team member scoring over 3240.
 
May 12 May 15
Netball Full Blue 10 Awards maximum, at the captain's discretion if team wins the VM and/or maintains their position in BUCS league 1A. Nov 13 Nov 16
Orienteering Half Blue

5 awards maximum, awarded to the top three finishers at Varsity and the other two at the captain’s discretion, with those achieving half blues to be capable of achieving a top 25 finish in the individual A race at BUCS championships. 

Jan 13 Jan 16
Pistol Half Blue 8 Awards maximum, awarded to those scoring an average of 80 or above in the women's VM or those who shoot in the men's 1st team in the VM. Nov 12 Nov 15
Polo Half Blue Maximum 4 half blues awarded to players who play in the mixed Varsity ‘A’ team match. Awards are made at the captain’s discretion. May 13 May 16
Pool Half Blue 6 Awards maximum: 3 maximum for the team players who compete in the Varsity Match and are the highest ranked Oxford team at BUCS, provided they reach the semi finals, AND 3 maximum to individuals who play in the Varsity Match, and either:
  1. Reach the final 8 of the BUCS Individual Championships,
    OR
  2. Qualify for the county pool squad, are selected for and play in over half the season's matches.
Nov 12 Nov 15
Real Tennis Half Blue 5 Awards maximum.
A Discretionary Full Blue may be applied for if a player reaches a handicap of 35 or better.
May 12 May 15
Riding Discretionary Full Blue/Half Blue 4 Awards maximum. Half Blues are awarded, at the captain's discretion, to women who compete in the Varsity Match and also make the Regional Round of BUCS, either as a member of the team or as individuals. Discretionary Full Blues can be awarded to riders who compete in the Varsity Match AND the team wins BUCS nationals, OR gets an individual top 3 at nationals OR is selected for the GB team and ridden in the nations cup in the academic year concerned. Nov 11 Nov 14
Rifle Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 8 awards maximum, awarded to women scoring over 190/200 points in the women's Varsity Match OR who fire on the OURC 1st Team in the Varsity Match.

A Discretionary Full Blue may be applied for if any two of the following criteria are fulfilled in the VM:
    1. 195/200 or above in the Heslop
    2. 2 points below the GB Kolapore average score or better in the Chancellors*
    3. The average score of the top 3 teams in the Elcho**, or better, in the Humphry
*Excluding each shoote's V-bull score and the overall score of any shooter who scores at least one zero-scoring shot. The average should be rounded as normal.
**Match Rifle National match, shot between the home nations.
 
Jun 13 Jun 16
Rowing Full Blue & Half Blue 9 Full Blue awards maximum, awarded to those who compete against Cambridge in the Blue Boat. 9 Half Blue awards maximum, awarded to those who compete against Cambridge in Osiris (the reserve crew). Jan 13 Jan 16
Rugby Full Blue 19 Awards maximum, if the team either:

Win the VM, OR
Stay in the BUCS Premiership

Subs must play for at least 5 mins

   
Skiing Half Blue and Discretionary Full Blue 6 Awards maximum. Awarded, at the captain's discretion, to women who have come in the top 8 overall in either the giant slalom or the slalom at the Varsity match. An application for a Discretionary Full Blue may be made for any competitor who wins one of the two races. Nov 11 Nov 14
Squash Full Blue 5 Awards maximum, if the team maintains its position in the Premiership BUCS division or Midlands Division 1A.
Players must have participated in half or more BUCS or Oxfordshire league fixtures for that season. An application for Discretionary Full Blue may be brought to the committee if a top player fails to meet the criteria due to extraordinary circumstances.
May 12 May 15
Swimming Full/Half Blue Full Blues may be awarded to team members who achieve a certain time standard throughout the season.
Half Blues may be awarded to other members of the pool Varsity team OR to those who compete in the Cross-Channel Varsity Match.
Jan 13 Jan 16
Table Tennis Half Blue 4 Awards maximum, awarded to players in the squad team who play in BUCS matches and the VM throughout the year, and the team as a whole wins the VM. Jan 14 Jan 17
Tae Kwon Do Half Blue/Discretionary/Full Blue 5 Awards maximum, awarded to 1st team VM members. An application for a Discretionary Full Blue may be made for any team member that is a black belt AND wins their individual fight at the VM. Nov 13 Nov 16
Tennis Full Blue 8 awards maximum, to players who play in the Varsity Match Feb 13 Feb 16
Trampolining Half Blue/Discretionary Full Blue 4 Awards maximum, awarded to those who gain at least 47 points, excluding TOF points in BUCS 3 or above AND score in the top 8 at the VM. An application for a Discretionary Full Blue may be made for those who gain at least 50 points, excluding TOF points, in BUCS 2 or above AND score in the top 6 at the VM. Jan 14 Jan 17
Triathlon Half Blue/Discretionary/Full Blue 3 Awards maximum. Awarded, at the Captain's discretion, to those who:
1. Represent Oxford in the Ladies Team at the Varsity match AND
2. Rate in the top 30 women in BUCS and/or achieve an outstanding result at a major national or international triathlon, eg. Top 10 placing in the London Triathlon.
A Discretionary Full Blue can be applied for if the athlete is also placed in the top 15 women at the BUCS Sprint Triathlon OR the BUCS Olympic Distance Triathlon.
Oct 11 Oct 14
Ultimate Frisbee Half Blue 5 awards maximum, awarded, at the captain's discretion, to women who have:
1. Played in both the indoor and outdoor women’s Varsity Matches.
2. In both the indoor and outdoor student nationals in the open OR women’s team.
3. And have won the indoor or outdoor women’s Varsity Match OR finished in the top six in the women’s or mixed or top eight in the open outdoor nationals.
May 11 May 14
Volleyball Discretionary Full Blue Up to 12 Half Blues are awarded to those who:
a) compete in the Varsity Match
b) compete in 50% of the BUCS league matches

In the event of an exceptional season, 8 of the half blues can be upgraded to Full Blues providing the player:
a) competes in Varsity
b) competes in 50% of the BUCS league matches
c) the team wins the Varsity match
d) the team does one of the following: top 6 in EVA student cup, top 6 in BUCS finals, 1st position in BUCS midlands Div1A

Mar 12 Mar 15
Waterpolo Discretionary Full Blue

Half Blue - 13 Awards maximum. Awarded to those deemed by the captain to have made a significant contribution to the VM and who have played in at least 50% of matches throughout the season.

Full Blue - 7 Awards maximum, if the team reaches the L2 in BUCS AND have made a significant contribution to the VM.

Nov 13 Nov 16
Yachting Sailing: Full Blue
Fleet Racing: Half Blue

Sailing: 6 Awards maximum, awarded to members of the Varsity team if the team reaches the semi-finals of BUCS. Should a woman also compete in the men's 1st team the Men's Blues committee will make a recommendation to this committee that she be awarded either a full or half blue.

Fleet Racing: Up to four half blues to be awarded at the discretion of the captain for competing in the yacht fleet racing Varsity Match AND finishing 12th university or higher in the BUCS Student Yachting Nationals.

Jan 14 Jan 17